1. DominusHD's Avatar
    On my Droid it says that my total space is 8gb but it only shows that 3gb is available. Can someone tell me why I can't use all the 8gb to download things and such?
    01-21-2014 04:00 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! It's because of those 8 GB of internal storage, some of it is used by the OS and bloatware (usually anywhere from 2-4 GB). Then there's also any other apps and data that you may have installed. This is the conventional way everyone advertises their internal storage, so it's always important as a consumer to be aware of how much usable storage you actually have. Some devices lose a lot of internal storage to OS and bloatware--the 16 GB Galaxy S4 (or maybe it was the S3) has only 8 GB of space available to the user.
    01-21-2014 05:57 PM
  3. DominusHD's Avatar
    Thanks for the information! Is there anyone I can get the GBs back in any way? I only have a couple small apps installed and I've tried cleaning files and the most I have gotten was about 2.95 GB. How do I check the OS or see how much memory it is taking?
    01-21-2014 07:42 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    If you look at the Settings/Storage screen, the Total Space listed is how much total space is available to you, and doesn't include space taken up by OS and bloatware.

    The only way to remove bloatware is to root the device. Be very careful if you root, though, and make sure you make backups, because if you delete something important, it may be hard to recover from.

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    01-21-2014 07:55 PM
  5. kirksucks's Avatar
    Apparently you can't root if you have installed the system updates.

    Sent from my XT907 using AC Forums mobile app
    01-23-2014 09:53 AM
  6. firepsych's Avatar
    Some folks on xda found a way to root the latest updates. You just can't unlock the bootloader.

    Sent from my XT907 using Tapatalk
    01-24-2014 11:35 AM
  7. kirksucks's Avatar
    What's the difference

    Sent from my XT907 using AC Forums mobile app
    01-25-2014 09:42 AM

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